Folsom Zoo Sanctuary Gets a Hand

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG)  |  By Shelly Lembke
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FCUSD students enrolled in the POE course have the opportunity to use their hands and brains during the design, review and build phases of their Folsom Zoo Sanctuary year-long project. -- Photo courtesy FCUSD

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FCUSD Student Project Benefits Animals

Last fall, Folsom High teacher Pam Goldman led 30 of her students to the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary in pursuit of learning. The students are part of the Principles of Engineering (POE) class that she teaches. The visit to the Folsom Zoo was part of the course curriculum, allowing students to begin designing habitats and providing enrichment items for animals living at the facility. Once the design review phase is complete, students will move on to the building and installation of their individual design projects at the Zoo.

“Students created a detailed design proposal including CAD drawings and supply lists and they recently met with engineers for the review of their designs,” stated Goldman. The yearlong Zoo Project, which is funded by grants, is designed to teach students about identifying the animals’ needs while utilizing their engineering skills, according to Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) spokesperson Kathy Escobar.

“This project is an example of the kind of engaging, hands-on learning opportunities our schools and teachers provide,” said Kathryn Allaman, FCUSD Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education. “Thanks to community partnerships and initiatives that support programs like this, these students are applying the knowledge they gain in the classroom with real-world experience, while also making a tangible impact in the community.”